Category Archives: Book Challenge

Summer Reading

When I was a kid, my parents would sign my sister and I up for summer reading at our local public library each year. It is one of those few childhood memories that I still have, and my participation perhaps … Continue reading

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Les Misérables Book Review

When I went to see the play Titus Andronicus at the Utah Shakespeare Festival last year, the auditorium for the pre-play orientation was packed. It wasn’t because patrons had flocked to see the great Shakespearean horror play, however, but a … Continue reading

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Of the 40+ books I read in 2012, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has probably been my favorite. In the 1950s doctors took cells from a thirty-one year old African-American woman dying from cervical cancer, without her consent or her family’s … Continue reading

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Is Huck Finn A Good Role Model For Children?

Before The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was “revised” to replace the n-word with “slave,” my husband purchased a paperback copy. I’d read the book when I was around 12, and in my quest to read 100 classics, I am re-reading several … Continue reading

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The Hobbit

I just finished reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again in preparation for the movie release today. I’d  never read anything by Tolkien before, although I have seen the entire trilogy of Lord of the Rings movies because … Continue reading

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